Kawazu is an onsen resort located in Izu Peninsula, about 2 hour 40 minutes from Tokyo by train. Come visit Kawazu, a town full of attractions, with beautiful Kawazu-zakura, beaches with the highest ranking water quality, and many sightseeing destinations with lush nature.
Kawazu-zakura in Kawazu Town is in full bloom in early February every year, as the cherry blossoms bloom early, due to the warm climate.
During the yearly “Kawazu-zakura Sakura Festival” held in the blooming season, dark pink Kawazu-zakura blossoms that signal the arrival of early spring adorn the town with its vibrant colors.
Aside from cherry blossoms, there are other natural settings that will enrich the visit to this town. Some of them include the ocean view from Imaihama, one of the most beautiful beaches in Izu, and the many waterfalls, including the Seven Falls of Kawazu.
Kawazu Town has single-day onsen facilities and foot baths visitors can stop by for a quick dip. They can be enjoyed throughout the year.
The Kawazu-zakura cherry blossoms have become famous for being one of the earliest-blooming cherry blossoms in Tokyo's outlying areas. (Typically, cherry trees bloom in Tokyo between late March and early April.)
The outstanding characteristics of Kawazu-zakura are its large petals and the bright pink color. There are 8,000 cherry trees in Kawazu. "The Kawazu-zakura Cherry Blossom Festival" is held during the blooming season and is visited by a million Japanese and foreign tourists.
- The Seven Waterfalls
As the name suggests, there are seven falls that are part of Kawazu Nanadaru (nana means seven).
Enjoy a refreshing stroll for about an hour along the walking trail, while viewing the beautiful and dynamic seven falls.
It is recommended to wear sneakers when taking a walk.
3-minute walk from Imaihama Kaigan station.
Imaihama beach is one of the most beautiful shoal beaches in Izu.
The beach, located close to Imaihama Kaigan station, is a popular summertime destination for various groups of people, including families. As it is also near many ryokans and guest houses, you can travel back and forth in your swimming gear.
A beach that offers leisurely sea-bathing, as not so many people come here even during the high season, although it is conveniently located. It is about a 3-minute walk from “Kawazu Station.” Surfing can also be enjoyed near the river outlet into the sea.
A diving point with a long history, located at the southern-most tip of East Izu. A shallow beach stretches out far into the sea, making it a perfect place to hold diving lessons or have fun diving.
An introductory diving experience (¥12,000) is available for those who wish to try diving before taking a full course.
Funado no Banya
Open-air bath and foot bath with a stunning panoramic view of Sagami Bay.
The place also offers barbecue and set menus made with freshly caught seafood and various activities in nature, such as salt making and satsuma orange jam making.
A unique park where a 100℃ geyser gushes as high as about 30m above the ground. The geyser erupts seven times a day.
The park offers a foot bath and geyser eggs, a specialty cooked under the geyser. There is also a shop that sells local products.
Odoriko Onsen Kaikan
(Odoriko Hot Springs Hall)
A Japanese style day-use onsen facility that takes advantage of the abundant supply of spring water at “Mine Onsen,” one of the seven onsen villages in Kawazu. A variety of baths are available, from a large indoor bath and outdoor bath made with fieldstones, utaseyu (waterfall shower), and a jacuzzi.
Hands-on Zoo iZoo
The largest reptile and amphibian zoo in Japan. A hands-on zoo where visitors can observe reptiles and amphibians outdoors, feed them, take photos with a giant tortoise and reptiles, or pet a manatee. Everyone, from small children to adults, is welcome to pet reptiles and amphibians they normally have no chance to come in contact with, as much as they please.
Jardin de Bagatelle
A rose garden, characterized by its geometric design, recreated accurately to the original Bagatelle Park in Paris, France.
Approximately 6,000 roses of some 1,100 kinds bloom gracefully during the flowering period. Take in the beauty and scent of sensuous roses to your heart’s content.
(spring roses: May to early July, autumn roses: October to early December)
A giant, double looped bridge along Route 414, located near the Seven Falls and Odaru Onsen.
There is a parking lot right under the bridge, which is quietly gaining popularity for the spectacular view of the loop.
The temple of
kappa (river imp),
A temple with a history of 700 years, famous for its folklore of kappa and goshuin (stamp).
Various kappa statues are at the temple, making it a popular relaxing spot surrounded by nature.
A festival held during the flowering season of Kawaszu-zakura, from February 10th to March 10th every year. With about 850 cherry trees along Kawazu River and over 8,000 across the town, the event covers a vast area.
It is visited by many tourists every year. Food stalls spring up around the town, offering local delicacies.
Lines of cherry trees are lit up at night, creating a romantic atmosphere.
A large summer event with about 1,000 spectacular fireworks that can be viewed up close from Imaihama Beach.
There are more than 30 hotels and ryokan (Japanese style hotel) in Kawazu area.
Most of the hotels and ryokan have their own hot spring source, and you can enjoy natural onsen (hot spring) during your stay. The characteristics of each onsen is unique accordiong to its location.
Therefore, if you stay near the sea, you may relax in onsen with listening to the wave of the sea. Whereas, you may enjoy the quietness and wooden aroma, if you stay near the mountain. All the accommodations are distinctive and range from authentic traditional ryokan and western style hotels to cozy ones with heartwarming hospitarlity.
KAWAZU TOURIST ASSOCIATION
TEL : 0558-32-0290
From Narita Airport
From Chubu Centrair International Airport